SHANGHAI: YOUR CLASSROOM
It’s an amazing city with amazing stories…just waiting for you to write some of your own.
According to IMBA alums, you can’t say you’ve been to Shanghai until you’ve:
- Walked the Bund at night
- Walked through Yuyuan Bazaar
- Gone to the top of the Jinmao Tower or Shanghai World Financial Center (aka Bottle Opener)
- Shopped in Tian Zi Fang on Taikang Lu
- Gone clubbing at M1nt
- Eaten at Din Tai Fung
- Seen ERA – Intersection of Time at Shanghai Circus World
- Taken a day trip to one of the water towns
To help you get situated and settled in your temporary home, we’ve got info and advice below:
ARRIVING & GETTING AROUND SHANGHAI
Your first challenge is getting to your new home from the airport, possibly after a long and exhausting flight and in a drastically different time zone.
Please save these images of the Huntington Terrace business card to your smart phone or iPad to show the taxi driver at the airport.
If you are arriving at the same time as many of your classmates, you may get instructions from Jen or Amanda to meet up and take a group bus or taxi. If you’re arriving early/late or at a slow time, you’ll need to travel to Huntington on your own.
A taxi direct from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Huntington Terrace should be approximately 150-200RMB and take 1-2 hours depending on time of day and traffic.
The Shanghai Maglev Train will bring you from the Airport to Longyang Road in Pudong, where you can get a taxi. With your summer luggage, this isn’t the easiest route, but for train people, it’s one of those experiences you can only get in Shanghai.
If you are flying into the smaller, mostly domestic Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, you are much closer to Huntington Terrace. It’ll be less than 30RMB and only take 20 mins or so.
Taxis are a common way to get around Shanghai. They are generally very safe, convenient and inexpensive, but you still need to be prepared:
- Make sure you have your destination written down in Chinese. The front desk can write it down for you, or you can flash the location on your smart phone or a business card to the driver. Also, be sure you’ve got a business card for Huntington Terrace so that you can get back home at the end of your trip.
- Only take metered taxis. The city regulates taxis well, but there are a few out there that could rip you off if the meter doesn’t go on. This is especially true for taxis at airports. Always look for the official taxi stand.
- Don’t tip. There is no tipping in China. If a taxi driver asks you for a tip, it is probably because you are foreign.
- Don’t take taxis alone. There have been a few very rare cases of being taken for a ride locked in the back of a taxi. This is usually late at night, after drinking, when traveling home alone. Da Zhong, the green colored taxis, are one of the better companies, and you should avoid the red taxis.
- Taxis can be slower than the SH Metro. Traffic can be really slow, so depending on where you are, where you’re going and what time it is, it may be faster to hop on the Metro even if you need to change lines.
THE SUBWAY SYSTEM
The Shanghai Metro system is quite extensive, still expanding and very reasonably priced. For 3-8RMB, you can travel to any spot on the Metro map. Since you’ll be in Shanghai for a while, it’s worth it to purchase a Shanghai Metro Smart Card. It will save you a lot of time at the ticket machines at each station, and you can purchase and re-load them at almost any station.
Huntington Terrace is on Line 10, and about a 10-15 minute walk from either Longbai Xincun or the Shanghai Zoo. Line 10 will also bring you to Xintiandi, Yuyuan Gardens and Market, and East Nanjing Road.
The best way to see most cities is up-close and personal…on foot. Time Out Shanghai has a series of “treasure hunts” and walks that guide you off the tourist route and into the more interesting neighborhoods in Shanghai. There will be plenty of hot, humid and rainy days, so take advantage of the nice weather and walk!
HOUSING: THE HUNTINGTON TERRACE APARTMENTS
No.728 Hongjing Road,
Time for some short-term apartment living! Those of you who have lived in a temporary apartment know that there are trade-offs. Sure, it’s not as luxurious as hotel living, but there are lots of benefits, too. For one, you’re in a Chinese neighborhood, closer to Chinese daily life. And even though you’ll have roommates, you will have a private bedroom.
The Huntington Terrace apartments vary from 2-4 bedrooms. All have small kitchens with a basic amount of kitchen utensils, dishes, and pots as well as a washer/dryer and iron. There is also a small living/family room with a TV. Housekeeping cleans the apartment and changes your linens/towels.
Each apartment has internet access, satellite TV and central air conditioning. You can use your laptop or iPad to access the internet for free in your room and in the lobby. If you prefer to use an Ethernet cable, you can borrow one from the front desk. See Jen or the front desk if you need the password or if you are having difficulty with your wifi access.
Making long distance calls from your apartment on the phone will be very expensive and will not be covered by the program. We strongly recommend Skype.
The Huntington Terrace front desk is expecting you, so you should check in directly when you arrive.
Check in includes putting down a security deposit and completing an apartment inventory list, called “furniture list”. Please review the furniture list, sign the last page and return it to the front desk. If there is anything missing or broken in your apartment, you will be charged for it at the end of your stay.
THE IMBA BUS
Huntington Terrace is approximately 20 minutes from Dong Hua University and there will be a shuttle to the university in the morning and returning to the apartments in the afternoon.
Glorious Sun Building (4th floor),
No.1882 Yan’an Road West, Shanghai,
P.R. China, 200051
At DHU we have our own wifi classroom, breakroom for coffee and snacks and a Faculty/Staff Office.
Tennis courts are available at DHU, by reservation only and for a small fee. The DHU Grad Assistant can help you make the reservation. Community tennis racquets and tennis balls are available from the Huntington IMBA Office area. There is also a track on campus and will be open at a set time in the afternoon for running, jogging and walking.
MEALS: SUPERMARKETS & RESTAURANTS
Because you are in apartments, meals are not included for this portion of the program.
There are a number of local markets, express supermarkets like Tesco Express, and bakeries close to Huntington as well as a larger Carrefour a short cab ride away.
On days when you have morning and afternoon sessions at Dong Hua University, the Program will arrange for your lunch. The Dong Hua break room also has coffee, tea, juice and snacks to help you get through your morning classes.
Restaurants are not hard to find in Shanghai. There are world-class international restaurants, local restaurants, international fast food places, Chinese fast food places, food stalls, neighborhood restaurants and, yes, even street meat and cart vendors. While we don’t recommend the largely unregulated street vendors, we do encourage you to try a variety of places.
The Longbai Xincun neighborhood was once the Korean immigrant area, and you will find quite a few Korean and Japanese restaurants nearby.
There may not be a lot of it, but it’s very important.
EXERCISE / SPORTS
To make sure you’re getting your regular dose of exercise, there are a few options. There is a super tiny room at Huntington with a few bikes and machines, but most students choose to go to the gym 10 minutes away. We have arranged a discounted 50RMB rate per visit, and you can purchase these tickets from Jen or Amanda. For regular gym-goers, it’s cheaper to negotiate a 2-month membership directly with the gym. There is also an excellent, but pricy yoga studio 5 minutes from Huntington. And, of course, you can always do what the locals do — find the nearest park in the evening and join in the public stretching, tai chi, folk and ballroom dancing groups.
There are sports areas including tennis courts at DHU, and an outdoor pool with swim-up bar at Mandarine City, about 30 minutes walk from Huntington.
There are a number of places near the school and apartment to get a massage. The cost is very reasonable and the service quite relaxing. A program favorite is Dragonfly Spa on Hongmei Lu.
Fabric Market / Tailors
Bargaining is an art form at these markets. Bring your hard bargaining skills, your sense of humor and a lot of small bills.
- Tianzifang at Taikanglu – interesting artisan shops, cafes, small restaurants and bars.
- Yuyuan Bazaar
- Old Street
- East Nanjing Road
- West Nanjing Road
You’re in a great international city — get out there and network!
- Use the IMBA LinkedIn and Facebook Groups as well as the IMBA Alumni App to see who’s in your field or industry and living in Shanghai. IMBA alums love to hear from other IMBAer, so this is an easy place to start.
- Check out what Trade Shows are in town. This is a great way to expand your network and see what’s going on locally.
- Attend a Conference. There are generally lots of them around.
NIGHTLIFE / BARS
You shouldn’t have any problems finding nightlife in Shanghai. Places tend to come and go quickly, so your best bet is to check out some of the online resources like Time Out Shanghai or Ex Pat Shanghai. You can also send out a request to the Facebook group to find out where previous cohorts hung out.
Jen and Amanda will also organize sightseeing trips, program dinners and other events throughout the summer. Check the google calendar to see what’s up next.
IMBA SHANGHAI MAP
To help you get acclimated to Shanghai, here’s an IMBA map of important, recommended, and/or favorite places around the city.
View IMBA in China in a larger map